This chapter outlines fathers' issues in harmonizing work and family needs and expectations. Using the metaphor of musical harmony as a paradigm for working fathers, it explores the significance of work for fathers in their role as parents and the frequent conflicts that occur between work and family contexts. Suggestions for dealing with work-family conflicts are offered, such as limiting work time as possible, bundling activities, staying in touch from a distance, and using flexible work options. 16 references.
The importance of fathers serving children and families in the home setting is highlighted, and the need for fathers to provide effective leadership in family life is stressed. Different types of leadership are discussed, as well as the concept of servant leadership and principles associated with servant leadership that can be carried out in home and family life. 17 references.
This chapter explores how fathers spend their time at home, suggests ways to involve children in the tasks of home life, and explores opportunities for improving father-child communication. It highlights the joy that can come from participating in child-centered projects and discusses the role fathers can play in disciplining children.
In these Through the Years articles, Sesame Workshop experts discuss how fathers help their children grow. They cover the crucial impact of family relationships on child development. As a child grows, his interactions with family members shape his personality and create the basis for the ways in which he will relate to other important people in his life. (Author abstract modified)
A list of five psychological and cultural barriers that fathers face on the way to full engagement in their daughter's life. Men must understand these hurdles to be effective fathers and stepfathers -- or to work effectively with fathers and families. These hurdles may seem unnecessary, silly, or insignificant to others. But they are not silly, unnecessary, or insignificant to fathers. (Author abstract).
Both father and daughter need to change some of their attitudes and behavior in order to create a more adult relationship with one another during her college-age years. Unfortunately what usually happens is that one person is readier to change than the other. Either dad is treating his daughter too much like a little girl while she is striving and wanting to become an adult. Or dad is treating her like an adult while she is still behaving and wanting to be treated like a child. Your mutual struggle as father and daughter to create an adult to adult relationship usually reaches it peak over…
If you're a divorced father who has remarried, odds are your relationship with your daughter has become more complicated, more stressful, and more distant. Sadly for the majority of fathers and daughters, when dad remarries: The father-daughter relationship is more damaged than the father-son relationship; tensions between mom and dad's wife create problems in the father-daughter relationship; the mom who was not employed during her marriage tends to be the most jealous and most uncooperative when dad remarries; college educated, white mothers tend to be less willing than non-white, less…
Stepfathering can be challenging. Perhaps that's why many stepfathers disconnect from their stepchildren emotionally and withdraw from daily responsibilities. The unmapped territory seems to have many land mines and it's easier to just retreat than to engage the "enemy." But stepfathers can have profound and important leadership roles with stepchildren. Stepfathers can offer guidance, love, and encouragement to the children under their care. Here's a map for the territory and some practical action points for stepfathers. (Author abstract)
Father Facts, 5th Edition is a comprehensive collection of statistics, charts, and research summaries on the extent and effects of father absence. A large section on the benefits of father involvement is also included. Father Facts 5 is a reference manual for fatherhood programs, family practitioners, social service agencies, researchers, and anyone concerned about the well-being of children in America today. (Author abstract)
Portrayals of father-daughter relationships in media and history are considered, along with research findings that show the importance of fathers to daughters and insights regarding the nature and significance of father-daughter relations. Key issues in the relationship dance are discussed and include: learning from each other's diverse perspectives, promoting healthy individual development, creating a template for close relationships, and influencing a positive female identity. Suggestions are offered for fathers and daughters to help develop and enhance their relationships. 31 references…